I. Enlistment Requirements
A. All persons wishing to join the SPHRS, Inc as a uniformed member of the 49th NCT / 21st Mass. must be 16 years of age and sponsored by another member. No person under the age of 16 may participate with the SPHRS, Inc. unless accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or unless he has written permission from the parent or legal guardian along with a participating adult (21 or older) of the SPHRS acting as guardian.
B. The bearing of firearms is restricted to members 16 years old or older for battle and parade demonstrations and then only after passing a safety inspection by a member of the military staff. No member, musician, color guard or otherwise, under the age of 16 will be permitted to carry any type of firearm in a battle reenactment, parade, or any other formation that will include the discharge or a weapon. Members under the age of 16 who are not functioning musicians are to be assigned as Hospital Stewards or Couriers and are responsible to the Medical Officer, Chaplain, Commanding Officer or any person designated by the Commanding Officer. Members under the age of 10 should be dressed in civilian clothing.
C. The Medical Data Sheet must submitted with dues and needs to be updated with the Medical Officer on a regular basis.
D. The completed application must be approved by the SPHRS Board of Directors. Normally, it is submitted at the next board meeting.
A. All Commissioned Field Officers and the First Sergeant are by election of the general membership. The other Non-Commissioned Officers are selected by competitive examination. Examinations will be held if increased manpower levels mandate the addition of new NCOs, or if vacancies occur among previously commissioned NCOs. A minimum of twelve months experience as a private is required along with participating in a unit sponsored NCO Exam before becoming a NCO candidate.
B. All Lieutenants and Sergeants (below 2nd Sgt.) must carry with them a private's impression and be willing to "fall in the ranks" at an event when the Commanding Officers adjudges the numbers do not justify their use.
A. You will be assigned to an administrative company whose primary function is to ease overall unit control and to facilitate communication among the membership.
B. Companies will be formed based upon manpower levels and shall be based as much as possible on the geographic locations of the original 49th NCT or 21st Mass. companies portrayed.
C. It shall be the responsibility of each member to contact the adjutant when registration for an event is required. A member is only considered registered when the Adjutant receives your money. If, at a later date, after registration, any member wish to attend the event then that member will have to register on his own.
A. Sidearms shall be worn only by officers and sergeants.
B. No weapon may be fired in camp unless permission from the military staff is given.
C. All muskets and sidearms will be of military construction.
D. Muskets or pistols are to be loaded with approved paper cartridges only. NO WADDING OR MATERIAL OTHER THAN BLACK POWDER IS TO BE PLACED DOWN THE MUZZLE OF ANY WEAPON DURING A REENACTMENT.
E. Bayonets must be sheathed at all times unless otherwise ordered by the Commanding Officer.
F. Side knives are to be used in camp and kept in a knapsack or blanket roll, but should not be carried out on the field unconcealed.
G. Hand-to-hand combat is prohibited unless pre-arranged.
H. Officers and file closers will check all casualties to insure that no injury has been sustained. If there is a real emergency and you need help use the term "MEDIC!" and it will alert other to a real injury or emergency.
I. Each member will clean his musket prior to each event.
V. Camp Life & Event Regulations
A. While participating with the SPHRS members will conduct themselves in a military manner.
B. Unmarried female members of the unit will have a special designated area for sleeping quarters.
C. The Society has several tents that they will provide to new members on a first come, first serve basis.
D. On arrival at camp, all members should dress in proper period clothing as soon as possible and should not wear modern clothing during the event. Coats must be worn with at least the top button fastened and shoes are to be worn at all formations unless otherwise ordered by the Commanding Officer. No uniform or part of a uniform may be worn in any manner at any time which may bring disrespect to the SPHRS.
E. All clothing must conform to regimental standards. Check the appropriate Uniform Requirements or with the Quarter Master Sergeant. The Commanding Officer has the duty to see that this is enforced.
F. Those who smoke cigarettes will either break the filters off, use filterless cigarettes, smoke cigars, pipes or chew tobacco. Smoking in the ranks is not permitted unless allowed by the Commanding Officer.
G. Authentic, period looking eyeglasses are to be worn at all events.
H. All modern liquid refreshments must be consumed in period containers. If you bring any modern type items they must be hidden from sight.
A. Repeated failure to participate in required formations, fatigue duties and other necessary activities without excuse from an officer may result in termination of your membership.
B. Aggressive, obnoxious and boisterous behavior while under the influence of alcohol or for any reason is grounds for expulsion from the SPHRS.
C. Dispensing alcohol to those below the legal drinking age is grounds for expulsion.
D. Possession, consumption or distribution of any illegal drugs or controlled substances is grounds for expulsion.
E. Proven theft from any member of the SPHRS or from any other reenactment unit is grounds for expulsion.
F. Rude, unseemly or obnoxious behavior toward any members of the female sex or any children is grounds for expulsion.